21st Jun2016

Dre’Quan Cooley – Jackson State University ’18

by Staff

“Once I went on a tour of Jackson State I did not want to visit any other college due to the fun filled environment as well as the home feeling of the campus.”

Dre'Quan Cooley - Jackson State University '18

Dre’Quan Cooley of Jackson State University, Class of ’18|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

Name
Dre’Quan Cooley

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Laurel Mississippi. I was researching for affordable colleges in my state and ran across Jackson State University still not knowing what an HBCU was.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Once I went on a tour of Jackson State I did not want to visit any other college due to the fun filled environment as well as the home feeling of the campus. That’s one of the main reasons why I would choose an HBCU OVER a PWI.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Dre'Quan Cooley Jackson State University 2018

JSU Business Marketing Major Dre’Quan Cooley|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

My major is Business Marketing, I chose this major due to how diverse the major is within the business world.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Being at an HBCU, especially Jackson State University teaches a person how to become socially aware of the things happening in our communities and in the world that we live in. Coming into Jackson State ready to further my education, that was the only thing on my mind.

Later I found out that it is about academics as well as networking and stepping out of my comfort zone and doing things you may have never done before. It helps build a person for the real world especially when you want to become successful in your craft basically what you major in and whatever you may want to do in your life, not only career wise but these things can help a person out in everyday situations.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

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“…stepping out of your comfort zone which I believe is a huge benefactor to all incoming freshmen as well as college students…” – Dre’Quan Cooley – Jackson State University ’18|Image Credit: Dre’Quan Cooley

My first experience was really just introducing myself to others not really knowing how to do so, but I came around it took quite a while but I came out of my shell. Which leads to stepping out of your comfort zone which I believe is a huge benefactor to all incoming freshmen as well as college students who haven’t had the courage to step up and speak or do things in a manner that they think should be said or done.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

One of the most recent professors I have to say that has impacted my life would be Dr. Crump he has really just shown me that as a student I have more potential that I have given myself to become that boss I plan to be in the near future.

Questions about being a Business Marketing major? Life at JSU? Respectfully contact Dre’Quan!

Instagram: dreycooley
Email: drequancooley@gmail.com

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06th Jun2016

Kyle Kidd-Buckner – Jackson State University ’17

by Staff

“I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree…”

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

“The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.”|Image Credit: Image Captured by Cara Gonzales, Shared with us by Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Name
Kyle Kidd-Buckner

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Birmingham, Alabama but currently live in Los Angeles when not in school. I learned about HBCUs through my family, all of my relatives attended HBCUs and received their degree, however late in my life I moved to Los Angeles and never got the chance to experience an HBCU.

I realized however while attended a PWI in California, it doesn’t give me the drive, passion, or the feel of black excellence that I know I would receive at an HBCU.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose an HBCU over a PWI because it’s something magical and life changing that happens when the intelligence, grace, and love from the black culture pours out on to you. I could of chose to breeze through college at a PWI and never truly become impacted at my school, or I could of chose a life changing experience that would give me a total different look on life and my culture.

Major? Why did you choose it?

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

Mass Comm. Major and Student-Athlete, Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

I’m a Mass Communication Major with emphasis in Multimedia Journalism and minor in Speech.

I chose this major because since a young age I’ve always been a great speaker on various subjects placed in front of me and an excellent writer.

Lately, in life I began to find my passion in Track and Field, I became infatuated with the sport from the inside and out. I plan to use this degree and blend it with my passion for Track and Field and become an ESPN & NBC Sports Analyst for Track and Field.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Kyle Kidd-Buckner - Jackson State University '17

Future Sports Analyst Kyle Kidd-Buckner of Jackson State University, Class of 2017|Image Credit: Kyle Kidd-Buckner

The beginning of my story at Jackson State has been nothing less than a “faith trip.” Less than a month before attended I broke down in my dorm at my PWI believing that I was at a brick wall in my life. I prayed and gathered myself, until this day I still don’t know how I found my way to Jackson State website.

I applied hoping this was God directing me to there, as of today, I completed my first semester at Jackson State and was elected Vice President of Programming for Campus Activities Board. My experience has been faith-filled.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

Coming in I did not know anybody, I didn’t know how the semester worked but I knew I wanted to get to work. However, I experienced the power of black excellence quickly.

To see young men and women “dress to impress” but not only dressing the part but highly intelligent as well. It made me re-evaluate what I’ve been doing to get towards my career and I made a change and told myself, ” I need to get in the game and make myself known”.

After constant networking, working in class, I became the first student out of Jackson State to become a writer for HBCUBuzz, #1 News Source for HBCUs and Writer for CampusLATELY, the #1 Collegiate Marketing Firm. All within one semester.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Professor Bonnie L Jackson - Kyle Kidd-Buckner – Jackson State University ’17

(L to R) Calling Panther Heritage Foundation board members Jim Shannon, attorney (left); Perry Hood, vice chair; Daphine Foster, chair; Renee Marable, board member; James Mitchell, treasurer; and Bonnie Jackson, secretary.|Image Credit: JacksonState.wordpress.com

Professor Bonnie L. Jackson, was my mentor coming into this past semester who helped me through the ropes of Mass Communication.

She constantly helped with writing my news articles for HBCU Buzz, she always pushed me to dig deeper in my writing and stick to the facts of the story.

I took this advice and applied myself deeper into my stories and ultimately wrote one of my most biggest stories, “Top 10 HBCUs to Develop Professional Athletes”, that received over 60k views and responses. Even after the story, she always reminds me to keep working and dig even deeper.

Questions about being a Mass Comm Major? Attending JSU? Ask Kyle!

Instagram: KDewayne.Kidd
Twitter: KyleD_Kidd
Snapchat: KDewayne.Kidd
HBCUBuzz: HBCUBuzz.com/author/kkidd

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24th Apr2016

Kandace Walker – Lane College – 2015

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“I chose my HBCU because of its rich history. Also one of the many great things about Lane College is that it creates the true sense of Family.”

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Kandace Walker of Lane College, Class of 2015 | Image Credit: Kandace Walker

Name
Kandace Walker

Your HBCU?
Lane College

Graduation Year?
2015

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?
I am from Bolivar TN. I was introduced to HBCU’s through multiple family members, most of them being TSU graduates.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I chose my HBCU because of its rich history. Also one of the many great things about Lane College is that it creates the true sense of Family.

Major? Why did you choose it?

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Kandace Walker hard at work! | Image Credit: Kandace Walker

I chose to major in Mass communications because it has always been my dream to communicate with the public on a larger scale.

What is the story of your “experience” at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Kandace Walker - Lane College - 2015

Kandace Walker showing her love for Lane College!| Image Credit: Kandace Walker

As a freshman, I was a little apprehensive about attending Lane College because it was so close to home. Being the shy and timid person that I once was, it took me a while to adapt to the environment however after meeting a few very influential people, that soon changed. Before I knew it, I had come out of my shell.

Winning first runner up in the Miss Lane pageant as well as the Miss Black and Gold pageant in 2014 I had become a social butterfly. I also became an avid volunteer and was elected treasurer of my campuses NAACP chapter and Mass communications club.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

The woman who inspired me the most was Mrs. Virginia Crump. A lady of many hats, and a force to be reckoned with, she motivated me to be all that I can be a true “mover and a shaker”. I could also never forget Mr. Kirkendoll,Dr. Jackson,Mr. Johnson and Ms. Graves.

Questions about Mass Comm? Lane College? Ask Kandace! 

Instagram:K_lanice
Facebook: Kandace Lanice Walker
Photography Ig:K.lanice_photography

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22nd Apr2016

Justin Robinson – Lane College – 2018

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“My experience here a Lane College has been great so far. I really like the small class sizes and the one on one learning that I can get with my professors. Being here gave me different look on life.”

Justin Robinson - Lane College - 2018

Justin Robinson of Lane College, Class of 2018|Image Credit: Justin Robinson

Name
Justin Robinson

Your HBCU?
Lane College

Graduation Year?
2018

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?
I’m from The Eastside of Detroit,MI. My High School counselor

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?
It’s motivational being around people that look like me and who want to be Great

Major? Why did you choose it?
Mass Communication. I really want to go in to Television & Radio. When I was younger I always wanted to be a sports analyst on ESPN.

What is the story of your “experience” at Lane College given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

Justin Robinson Lane College 2018

Red Carpet interview at SGAs 2nd Annual Student Choice Awards| Image Credit: Justin Robinson

My experience here a Lane College has been great so far. I really like the small class sizes and the one on one learning that I can get with my professors. Being here gave me different look on life.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

Ms. Nicole Anderson & Dr. Barbara Perry. They have really been in my corner to help me become great. I know I can always count on them. When my brother passed away almost 2 months ago they stayed checking on me to see how I was doing. It’s been a hard 2 months & they really have been there helping me and making sure I’m okay.

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Justin posted up on campus!|Image Credit: Justin Robinson

Questions about Lane College? Ask Justin!

Instagram: @SwirveJayy
Twitter: @SwirveJayy
Facebook: Jayy Robinson

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21st Apr2016

Shaudaè Moore – Jackson State University – 2017

by Staff

“The Honors college  (at Jackson State University) just made the difference, it keeps me grounded. My advisors have continuously cared bout my matriculation.”

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017

Shaudaè Moore – Jackson State University|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

Name
Shaudaè Moore

Your HBCU?
Jackson State University

Graduation Year?
2017

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I am a native of Mississippi, born in Clarksdale but my community is so small I have to say I’m from Charleston, MS. However I grew up in Waterloo, IA. I was introduced to HBCUs through the UNI Upward Bound Program.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Initially I attended University of Iowa, but honestly I didn’t see myself succeed academically. So I made the decision to attend JSU which was my first choice. There is where I knew I could be myself instead of just my student number. I could relate to my peers and not being made to feel the pressure of succeeding because I was 1 of a few black students in a predominantly white class. At JSU I could excel as an individual.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I an a Biology Pre-Med/Pre-Nursing major. I have chosen this major because as long as I could remember all I wanted to do was fix the world. I would practice bandaging up my dolls and nursing them back to good health. With my major, my focus in medicine will be developing babies in the early part of my career and later Plastic surgery. Reason being there is something so amazingly wondering helping bring new life into this would.

Also bettering people lives by making them feel great about their bodies.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

The Honors college  (at Jackson State University) just made the difference, it keeps me grounded. My advisors have continuously cared bout my matriculation. So they pass me (see me) like I am their daughter. Through them I stay connected with my peers so we can study and help each other in passing our courses.

“First time” experiences at Jackson State University?

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Shaudaè Moore and Friends|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

When I came to JSU I admittedly applied to the W. E. B Dou Bois honors college, and in doing that was how I met a bunch of amazing ladies that I am friends with to this day. They saw me for who I was and always encouraged me to conquer my passion. Which helped me go out to become a plus size model.

Fall 2010 at a fashion show hosted by JSU Insatiable Model Squad is where I got the courage to face off in a modeling walk off in front of my peers. I didn’t care if they made fun of me, I know that this was what I loved and my friends had my back. Surprisingly I won and got the opportunity to be shot in a photo shoot with fashion stylist J Bolin (Insta) wearing a dress made for me by fashion designer Gail Ambeau (Twitter). From there I continued to model.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

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Violinist Virtuoso Shaudaè Moore|Image Credit: Shaudaè Moore

Mrs. Rachel Jordan made such as wonderful impact on my life. She was my applied violin teacher and String Ensemble conductor. I went through so much of a rollercoaster of emotion when my world seemed to crumble around me to dealing with my health because I was always hurt or sick.

Shaudaè Moore - Jackson State University - 2017 Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Orchestra, Strings Rachel Jordan

Visiting Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Orchestra, Strings Rachel Jordan| Image Credit: jsums.edu

She pushed me hard to be a better violinist to learn and excel at my talent, she always would say “Shaudaè you’re not bringing your best because I know you love this, don’t give me crap. If you don’t do it for you then do it for your daughter because she is just a smaller version of you and I would want her to be her best.” She helped me see that all I ever needed was to just believe in me, once I did that then I would be a force to be reckoned with.

Questions about the JSU Experience? Ask Shaudaè!

Instagram: onebeautifulsoul22
Facebook: Shaudae Effortlessbeauty Moore

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18th Apr2016

Dominique Earl – Lane College – 2016

by Staff

“My experience at my HBCU will be the most outstanding experience I ever had! I wouldn’t regret going to Lane college, the education is awesome, the new president came in and changed so much and gave so much in to Lane.” – Dominique Earl

- The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” | Image Credit: Dominique Earl , Lane College c/o ’16

Your HBCU?
Lane College

Graduation Year?
2016

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I’m from Memphis,Tn. Who introduced me to my HBCU called Lane College?

Well I never heard of Lane till my senior year when they came to our college fair and I was playing softball all my years in high school. My coach told me that lane is a great school and the softball team is good too! So I end up calling the coach and talking with him and so I looked more in it, I thank softball for introducing me to my HBCU that I love so much!

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

Why did I pick a HBCU over a pwi? Well to be honest all my family members went to HBCU schools and I thought HBCU schools would have been a great opportunity so I decided to take that chance!

Major? Why did you choose it?

My major is BUSINESS ! Reason for choosing a great major like that, I wanna be a BOSS ! People ask me all the time why you choose business what do you plan on doing ! I plan on being a boss, I plan on owning two business of my own,managing a athletic business and more. I have big plans!

What is the story of your “experience” at Lane College given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience at my HBCU will be the most outstanding experience I ever had! I wouldn’t regret going to Lane college, the education is awesome, the new president came in and changed so much and gave so much in to Lane. I must say President Hampton is the man! I had my hard times but God made sure I turned them around to the most best times ever!

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

I must say my first time experiences, well one was my freshman orientation! My class coming in was great we enjoyed everyday and every bit of time we spent over the summer at lane. We did activities and learned more at the school!

- Stars can't shine with out darkness.

“Stars can’t shine with out darkness.”| Image Credit: Dominique Earl

My second experience is when I did something I never thought I would do. A lot of my friends knew me as the goof ball or your so pretty you can dress, but never knew I was so shy! I was called to be in the school fashion show I felt honored to do it. I was scared out my life till my friends supported me all the way and I did my thang in it to! After that my shyness was gone! I thank my HBCU for taking away one of my fears.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

I must say Professor A. Jones is my best professor ever. He changed a lot and never gave up on me. He knew I tried my best and he knew when I didn’t try my best but he knew I had something in me. He put me in things and talked with me and encouraged me to keep my head up. I really give him all the props in the world!

Name some friends and/or family in your circle that have attended an HBCU (Historically Black(Nubian) College or University). Which colleges did they attend?

My granddaddy attended TSU and my two bestfriends attended Lane College.

From your response above, what is the most memorable story they have told you in regards to their HBCU experience?

One thing they have told me at my HBCU is that, they treat you like family and I must say they make sure of that.

If you had to choose, which HBCU family would you be a part of? And why?

I wouldn’t want to be apart of any other college than my OWN HBCU !

What sports do/did you play at your HBCU? What positions?

"Sometimes I pretend normal. But then it gets boring. So I go back to being me." | Image Credit: Dominique Earl

“Sometimes I pretend normal. But then it gets boring. So I go back to being me.” | Image Credit: Dominique Earl

I played softball, I played all my years for Lane. I was second base and I was right and left field!

Sports accomplishments? (records, medals, articles, et cetera)

My record was great my time at lane and I showed my butt my junior and senior year my experience was great and the coaches was great I don’t regret playing. We got trophies and went to playoff I do miss playing.

Questions about Lane? Respectfully ask Dominique!

Instagram: NeneNichole
Facebook: Dominique Nichole Earl
Email: dominiqueearl93@gmail.com

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03rd Apr2016

Hannah Burnell – Jackson State University – 2016

by Staff

“My experience at JSU has been an interesting one. I’ve grown more and have gained a better understanding of what it means to be a Jacksonian woman.”

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“If I’m not laughing, I’m not me.” |Image Credit: Hannah Burnell

Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?

I was born and raised in the central Mississippi area, more specifically the Ridgeland/Jackson areas. HBCUs are the entire reason I exist today. I have deep family HBCU history on both sides of my family evolving Jackson State University and Grambling State University.

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?

I originally didn’t really choose one over the other. I sort of just found myself at Jackson State, and as a result ended up falling in love with the university and the HBCU experience.

Major? Why did you choose it?

I am a History major. I chose history because I genuinely love it. I figured if I was going to major in something, it would be something I love and not necessarily a “career move” major. I live and breathe history and being on a HBCU campus is like being in a living museum.

What is the story of your “experience” at Jackson State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

My experience at JSU has been an interesting one. I’ve grown more and have gained a better understanding of what it means to be a Jacksonian woman. Our institution is held to a very high level in relations to how students and alumni are to conduct themselves.

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Hannah Servicing the Community as a (JSU) Tiger and a State Queen|Image Credit: Hannah Burnell

It’s also been a very fun experience. I’ve met amazing people and have had some pretty fun times with them. I could go on for days but of course the only way to truly understand the tiger experience is to come find out for yourself.

“First time” experiences at your HBCU?

A first time experience for my at JSU was really making friends. I had friends in high school but these were people that I had know from elementary or middle school or met through some one else.

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“Tiger born, Tiger Bred, and when I die, I’ll be Tiger Dead”|Image Credit: Hannah Burnell

Once I got to college, I had to start over and reach out and make friends on my own. This was pretty difficult for me because I’m really a quiet, introverted person and sometimes reaching out is a hard thing for me to do. But I’ve grown from having to be on my own.

Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?

The two professors that have really impacted my experience are Dr. Hilliard Lackey and Dr. Bonnie Gardner. They have literally stood with me every step of the way starting from high school to now. There is nothing I can’t ask from either one of them that they won’t do or advise me on.

Questions about JSU? Respectfully ask Hannah!

IG/Twitter: @HannahBurnellW
FB: Hannah Burnell
Website: HannahBurnellw.wordpress.com
Email: Hanwms@aol.com

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